The International Association of Tamil Journalists (IATAJ) is holding its annual conference in London, under the theme “Media’s Role for Democratisation Process in the Post-War Sri Lanka in the Age of the ‘ War on Terrorism” on October 11 2014 in London.
The conference, aims to “to generate an exchange of ideas and insights between academics and professionals on the role of media for counteracting the delegitimisation of democratic process in post- war Sri Lanka”, a media communiqué said.
“It is a unique opportunity to discuss the democratisation process in the post war Sri Lanka. We are bringing in the subject matter experts, media rights activists, journalists from all around the world to find measures to overcome the challenges,” an IATAJ official said.
Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu (Executive Director of Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka), Dr.Ibrahim Sega Shaw (Lecturer in Media, Human Rights and Politics at Northumbria University, Newcastle) Mr. J.S Tissainayagam (Award-winning Sri Lankan journalist living in the United States), Mr. Bharathi Rajanayagam (Editor of Sunday Thinakkural, Sri Lanka ), Prof. Rune Ottosen (Professor in journalism at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences), Dr. Jude Lal Fernando (Assistant Professor in Intercultural Theology and Inter religious Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin), Mr. Guruparan Kumaravadivel (Lecturer in Law at the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka),Ms. A. Arulmozhi Human Rights Lawyer, and Diravidar Kazhagam, Tamilnaadu, India), Mr. Nirmanusan Balasundaram ( Independent Journalist and Writer) are some of the Journalists, academics and activists from around the world who will participate in the conference.
The conference will be held at West London University St Mary’s Road, Ealing, London.